Published on 10th September 2021
by Linsey Rendell

Life here moves with the rhythm of the rivers. Slow travel your way along the Murray, getting to know this veritable life source of the southern states, the communities that live here and their (oft-edible) crafts. In partnership with Visit Victoria, here’s our guide on where to eat, drink and stay.

Sitting at the intersection of the Murray and Campaspe rivers, Echuca means the “meeting of the waters” in the local Yorta Yorta language. And it’s a twin town, with Moama across the border in New South Wales.

Life in the two town centres around Dhungalla – “the great water”, as the Murray River is known on Yorta Yorta Country. Trails lined with biyala (river red gums) weave visitors along the riverbank to the heritage-listed wharf. Here, you can learn about the history of the town, set off on a leisurely cruise, or make your way to one of the many river beaches for a swim.

From Melbourne, it’s a three-hour drive north. In partnership with Visit Victoria, here’s our guide on what to do and where to eat, drink and stay at this bend in the river.

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Welcome to Echuca and Moama

EAT

Vibrant vegan eats and generous Greek fare join a smattering of restaurants celebrating the region’s finest produce.

DRINK

This busy river port was once populated by 100-odd pubs. While just a few are still standing, there’s now local wine, coffee, gin and agave to supplement the offerings.

Echuca Coffee Roasters

Cafe

The freshest brew in town.

American Hotel

Bar

Craft beers, burgers and barrel-smoked eats in an 1865-built pub.

Echuca Distillery

Bar

Gin, vodka and agave with a twist of native botanicals.

DO

Learn the history of the old port while paddling or cruising along the river. There are Yorta Yorta artefacts to appreciate here, too.

STAY

From family-friendly villas to suites in a converted pub and glamping for two, riverside accommodation here comes in all shapes and sizes.

Cocknbull Boutique Hotel

Accommodation

Quiet, self-contained suites, a short stroll to town.

Itinerary

24 hours in River Country

Embark on a nature-filled weekend across the twin towns of Echuca and Moama. Life here centres around the rivers. Eat every meal with a water view, or paddle and swim for full immersion.